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Seminars - (239) 541-1735

Backcountry Fishing
Everything You Need to Know

New to the area or just want to get a better handle on fishing the backcountry waters of Southwest Florida then this seminar is for you. Captain George Howell discusses a broad range of topics that are helpful to anglers new to fishing, the area, or experienced anglers looking to further their knowledge. Information is useful for anglers fishing from shore or from boats. Focus will be on equipment, techniques, baits, as well as fishing different environments such as mangroves, docks, oyster bars, inlets, bridges and near shore reefs.
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Night Fishing
Find out why fishing at night can be the best time to fish.  Information provided about fishing snook lights, bridges and deep and shallow water.  An inside look how predator fish use low light levels to their advantage and how anglers can capitalize on their aggressive behavior.  The use of artificial lures, live and cut bait will be covered as well as safety tips and gear for night fishing.

How to Find Fish
Using Maps, Structures and Tides

A question most anglers ask “Where are the fish?”  Captain George Howell will explain areas highly traveled by fish and how transition zones can help put you in the right place at the right time.  Details will be provided about tidal flow and how fish use structure to ambush prey.  These concepts will help you find more fish and the correct way to fish for them.
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Parent/Child Fishing

Introducing Your Child to Fishing

Here is a great opportunity to introduce your child to fishing.  Captain George Howell will place emphasis on keeping things simple, fun, and productive in a hobby that often requires lots of patience.  Kids will learn the equipment including rods, reels, knots, rigging gear as well as handling fish and bait, and problem solving.   No experience necessary.  Following the seminar, Captain George invites attendees to bring their fishing gear for an hour of fishing from the Yacht Club fishing pier.  He will be glad to help you get started at this time, providing hands on advice for your particular needs. 


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Artificial Lures
For Backcountry Fishing

Top water, deep diving, jigs, jerk bait…feeling overwhelmed by all the options with artificial lures?  Captain George Howell covers everything you need to know about using artificial lures in this informative seminar.  Every style will be covered from hard plastics, soft plastics, spoons, top water, trolling and more.  Captain George will also explain in detail how to rig them all for fishing.  Hands on practice will follow informational discussion, with Captain George demonstrating retrieves and casting on site from the Cape Coral Yacht Club shoreline.  Equipment will be provided to allow you to try these new methods in person with professional coaching.  Never feel overwhelmed in a tackle store again, walk away knowing exactly what you need to succeed on the water!

Near Shore Fishing / Offshore Style Fishing

For Boats Of All Sizes

Southwest Florida is home to many wrecks and artificial reefs.  Most are only a short boat ride from the beach.  Captain George Howell tells all in this seminar on near shore fishing.  Bottom fishing with live and cut bait as well as trolling and sight fishing.  Close to 100 GPS coordinates for reefs and wrecks in Lee County alone!  You don’t have to have a large offshore style boat, or spend hundreds in gas to get the offshore experience.  Captain George discusses targeting different species, from snapper to sharks.  Don’t miss out; this is a seminar for all anglers!

Fishing Equipment And Rigging
Captain George Howell discusses the different types of rods, reels, line, hooks and weights you can use fishing the waters of South Florida.  Information on differences associated with equipment pricing and brands.   Details will cover use, maintenance, and rigging them all together.  Great for those interested in buying new equipment, or wanting to learn reel maintenance.  Included will be a section on rigging terminal tackle for different baits and styles of fishing.rrw
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About Captain George Howell
Born and raised on the outer banks of North Carolina, Capt. George Howell grew up fishing waters very similar to the back bays, sounds, rivers and beaches southwest Florida. Before moving to Lee County to pursue his dream of becoming a professional angler, Capt. George earned his degree in biology from the University of North Carolina, an education that provided insight into the world through the eyes of fish. Capt. George is an active participant in C.A.S.T for Kids Foundation ( and Operation Open Arms ( for the SWFL area. As a full time fishing guide, nothing is more fulfilling to him than providing others with a memorable day of fishing. His monthly columns can also be read in The Nautical Mile Magazine.  Fishing Reports can be read on and Contact Lynda J. Mastronardo for more information about having presentations by Captain George at 239.541.1735 or by email at

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